Analyzing how climate change is affecting plant and animal life in the Atlantic

Uncharted regions of the Atlantic will be mapped for the first time as marine scientists assess its health.

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The iAtlantic project is the biggest at any point, mounted in the planet’s second-largest ocean. It includes more than 30 partners, subsidized by the EU, and is being coordinated by Edinburgh University.

The project will use the latest technologies to assess the ocean’s health and aims to help governments create policies to protect it better.

Their discoveries will give remarkable experiences into how environmental change is influencing plant and animal life in the Atlantic. Combining their findings with data on ocean species’ DNA and their habitats will provide critical insights into climate change’s impact on the Atlantic.

The work will likewise help comprehension of the effect of commercial exercises, including deep-ocean mining, fishing, and oil and gas extraction.

Professor Murray Roberts, School of GeoSciences, said, “We often forget that we live on an ocean planet and that the vast depths of the sea provide 99 percent of the space for life on Earth. However, the oceans are under huge pressure from climate change, destructive fishing, plastic pollution, and other human activities. The iAtlantic project has pulled together an amazing team from right around the ocean, and we can’t wait to begin the most ambitious ocean health check ever carried out.”